Christmas Stocking Illustration for Edmonton Journal front page

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 24, 2014 in lighting, portrait |

Every year the Edmonton Journal runs a Christmas related photo on the front page on Dec. 24th. This year we photographed Journal reporter Alex Zabjeck’s adorable kid Arjun.
For the image of him looking in the stocking, I placed a small LED video light inside to give the glow on his face.

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Here's a look behind the scenes. I had a strobe above Arjun with a beauty dish wrapped in a white blanket. There is a golden reflector to the left with a small tungsten light to warm up the photo. The biggest challenge in lighting this photo was balancing the strobe with the tiny LED christmas lights. Hence needing to wrap the light in a blanket to make it dimmer.

Here’s a look behind the scenes. I had a strobe above Arjun with a beauty dish wrapped in a white blanket. There is a golden reflector to the left with a small tungsten light to warm up the photo.
The biggest challenge in lighting this photo was balancing the strobe with the tiny LED christmas lights. Hence needing to wrap the light in a blanket to make it dimmer.

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